Fitted with Fuji’s award-winning APS-C X-trans sensor, the Fujifilm X-M1 is an attractive 16.3MP Compact System Camera offering excellent image quality in a retro body. On the rear of the camera is a 3in 920k-dot LCD, which tilts out for easy image composition from high and low angles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have touch control, which is relatively rare. The camera’s ISO range is also relatively small at 200-6400, so the X-M1 isn’t the best option in test for low light photography, although the kit lens does have image stabilisation built in to help you get shake-free shots at slower shutter speeds.
The X-M1’s autofocus system has 49 contrast-detect AF areas, but no phase-detection points. However, focusing is fast and accurate even in darker conditions, so this isn’t a problem. The camera can shoot at a respectable 5.6fps, so it’s suitable for photographing fast-moving subjects, and the handling is excellent, with comfortable grips on both the front and back of the body and two dials for changing settings. The camera also comes with a mode dial on the top-plate as well as a built-in flash and accessories shoe. It also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity built in, though unfortunately this doesn’t include remote camera control via the app. The X-M1’s battery life is a very impressive 350 shots, and it can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 30fps.
The Fuji X-M1 is a great looking, well-built camera with excellent image quality and intuitive controls. However, the lack of touchscreen and small ISO range are both disappointing.
- Kit price: £329 (Secondhand price as of June 2016)
- Effective resolution: 16.3MP
- Sensor: 23.6x15.6mm X-Trans CMOS
- Kit lens: 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS
- Autofocus: 49-area contrast
- ISO range: 200-6400 (expands to 100-25,600)
- LCD: 3in 920k-dot tilting screen
- Hotshoe/flash: Flash and hotshoe
- Shooting speed: 5.6fps
- Video: Full HD (1080p) @ 30fps
- Battery life: 350 shots
- Card type: SD, SDHC or SDXC
- Size (body only): 117x67x39mm
- Weight: 516g
- Visit: www.fujifilm.eu/uk
This review was first published in the March 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.